ATWOOD – Earl E. Harshbarger, 95, of Atwood passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at his residence, the same day his wife passed away 16 years ago.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East U.S. Highway 36, Atwood. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Lake Fork Cemetery, rural Atwood.
Earl was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Piatt County, the son of Horace P. and Daisy Starr Harshbarger. He married Luella Benz on June 30, 1937. She preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 1997.
Survivors include his son, Larry (Darlene) Harshbarger of Decatur; daughter, Joan Gillmore of Atwood; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; three sisters; son-in-law, Earl R. Gillmore; and a great-great-grandson.
Earl farmed in Piatt County for over 50 years; he started out farming with horses and shucking corn by hand. He was the oldest attending member of the Lake Fork United Church of Christ, which his great-grandfather, Samuel Harshbarger, was a founding member of.
Earl was a member of the Atwood Lions Club. He was a member and served twice as past worshipful master of the Atwood Masonic Lodge No. 651, AF & AM.
Earl loved to pheasant and quail hunt. He enjoyed fishing at Lake Okeechobee in Florida and at Lake Shelbyville. Earl loved to trap shoot, have coffee with his many friends and watch the Chicago Bulls and Fighting Illini.
Memorials are suggested to Atwood EMTs or Lake Fork United Church of Christ.
Online condolences to the family may be sent via hilligossshraderfh.com.